20 years ago, no one could have accurately predicted the huge impact that inventions like the smartphone and the World Wide Web would have on humankind.
Southeast Asia is one of the most rapidly developing regions in the world with projected economic growth rates averaging 5.1 percent for member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
It is no secret that China is fast expanding its influence within the Southeast Asian region as it attempts to win over nations by offering lucrative pipelines of investment and credit.
Job creation has always been an important priority for governments in the region, and with an estimated 68 million new workers entering ASEAN’s labour force by 2025, it will remain a priority in the coming years.
Today, technology is widely associated with the digital realm - computers, the internet, mobile device, and smartphones, - just to name a few, which has seen the mushrooming of a myriad of tech startups.
Imagine a skyline of futuristic high-rise buildings with 21st century robots assisting us in the workplace. On the roads, sleek two door sports cars cruise past without much audible noise.
Poring over books in order to ace an important exam and land a place at a reputable university was once considered the only avenue to a high paying job and subsequently a comfortable life. Video games were mere distractions to that goal.
Last week, Uber finally announced to nobody’s surprise that their Southeast Asian operations would be sold off to their biggest rival, ride-hailing giants, Grab.